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See also: War in South Ossetia (2008)
The overlapping borders of the de jure Shida Kartli region and the de facto Republic of South Ossetia.
|Subdivisions||2 city, 5 municipalities|
|• Governor||Zurab Rusishvili|
|• Total||5,729 km2 (2,212 sq mi)|
|Population (2014 census)|
|• Density||46/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||GE-SK|
The northern part of the region, namely Java, and northern territories of Kareli and Gori, (total area of 1,393 km²) has been controlled by the authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia since 1992.